Kevin Flynn – Honorary Co-Chair of 2017
We are very proud to announce Kevin Flynn as the Honorary Co-Chair of the 22nd Annual Indy Irish Fest
Kevin Flynn wears his Irish pride on this sleeve, holds it close to his heart and wears it on his face. One look at him, and you know, he’s a Irish American. With family hailing from Ireland – his mom’s side, the Ryans, hailed from County Tipperary and his father’s from County Down – who settled in the Midwest (Louisville and Cincinnati) Kevin’s parent’s have strong Indy Irish roots. His father, Jack, attended St. Philip Neri on the east side and his mother, Nancy Ryan attended St. Joan of Arc. They met in high school and married in 1942.
As the 12th of Nancy and Jack Flynn’s 14 children, Kevin spent his life celebrating Irish traditions by simply being a member of his family. When asked how she raised so many children, Nancy said, “you do it the same as everyone else, except you cook a little more, you clean a little more and you iron a little more.” Now family celebrations take place at Kevin’s brother’s restaurant, Murphys @ Flynns, and just this past summer 38 members of their clan traveled to Ireland for a reunion.
Irish through and through, Kevin attended both Cathedral High School and Notre Dame, solidifying his love of all things Leprechaun. One of Kevin’s favorite ultra-Irish connections is that his maternal grandfather attended Notre Dame and was a member of the first men’s chorus that wrote and sang the now-famous fight song, all while Knute Rockne was a professor and coach. After school Kevin went into advertising and marketing and is currently the President and Owner of the local, full-service advertising agency Caldwell Van Riper (CVR).
He and his wife, Anna live in Indianapolis and have two daughters, Emma and Kate – proud Cathedral graduates, currently attending DePauw University. His favorite Irish movie is Waking Ned Devine (which, we at Indy Irish Fest strong recommend if you haven’t seen it!), and when he’s not at work “Building Brands that Matter” he acts as the part-time family genealogist. He couldn’t be more thrilled to participate in one of his favorite Irish actives, Indy Irish Fest, as this year’s honorary co-chair! The feeling is mutual because we are extremely excited to have Kevin on board.
If you see him around town or at the Fest, be sure to say hello!
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